This is a very exciting moment in Denver Broncos history as John Fox takes the reins as head coach of the iconic Rocky Mountain sports franchise.
There is no team comparable to the Broncos in our time zone, and as one draws closer to Denver it is like heading into the epicenter of an emotional tsunami, with the Broncos figuratively representing the state religion for legions of Broncos Country residents.
The Broncos have achieved legendary status over the past 51 years, albeit in a legendary low ebb at this very time.
But with every negative comes a positive, and in this case it just happened that John Fox was available to bring his experience, energy and focus to the Mile High City.
He is the right man at the right time.
Much has been accurately written about the emphasis on defense, a strong running game, passionate play and sound coaching which John Fox’s teams historically have shown.
Those elements reminded me of when Red Miller came to Denver at the Broncos’ head coach back in 1977, for an era that soon would have its own name — the Orange Crush, a moniker founded on defense.
The Broncos at that time parlayed defensive play with a sound offense that ran the ball and did not make mistakes, adding in exceptional performance on special teams.
History was made in 1977, as every Broncos fan knows.
I am absolutely not suggesting that history will repeat itself in exactly that manner; not exactly, but Red Miller was the right man at the right time in 1977, and he was a veteran coach who emphasized strong defense and a sound offense that liked to run the ball. There are parallels, and another one will be the zest and energy level that fans will soon see from John Fox.
The words of Heraclitus always ring true. Heraclitus was an ancient philosopher who said, “No man can step in the same river twice, because the second time, the river is not the same and neither is the man.”
Those words apply just as aptly to a city and to a football team and to the fans who follow and love that team.
It is not the same time, the same thing all over again, but it might be closer than people think.
History has so many instances in which the past presages the future, and the opportunity for another one may be upon us as the Denver Broncos enter the John Fox era.